Performing in front of a crowd can be a scary thing even for the most experienced artists. Everybody gets those pre-performance jitters and butterflies, but there are plenty of great ways to overcome them. From breathing deeply to focusing on your body, these tips will make your overall performance much better as well as improving your self-confidence.
If you’re somewhat experienced, then you might already have some techniques that you use to help calm your nerves just before a performance. For the newer performers don’t worry if you don’t have any techniques yet, we’ll be covering plenty of helpful tips later on that will improve your performances. With that said, let’s explore these useful tips and how you can use them in your shows.
Top Performance Tips
There are many helpful tips that can greatly help increase your confidence and performance. From simple things such as using your hands more and moving around the stage more, or for slower recitals putting your lyrics/music on an iPad with a comfy stand, you’ll be surprised how beneficial they can be.
Use The Stage To Your Advantage
If you’re a singer and spend a lot of time performing in front of crowds of people, then a great tip is to move around the stage and make it yours. If you’ve ever watched X-Factor or Pop Idol, then you’ll know how petrified some of the singers can be while performing. They stand in front of the microphone terrified of every one of looking at them and go into a defensive posture.
Standing with their legs tightly shut and arms on their sides it’s not the best impression to give off to your audience. Most audiences enjoy an energetic performer who moves around on stage and engages with the audience. Moving around the stage and making it yours is the best way to improve your performance.
Coming to the front of the stage helps performers connect with their audience. It doesn’t mean that you should use every single inch of the stage, but it also means you shouldn’t just stand there and do nothing. You need to find a good mix. Run around too fast, and you’ll quickly get out of breath but stand still and your audience will quickly get bored.
A good tip is to watch YouTube videos of your favourite performers and singers. See how they move around and interact with their audiences. The first thing you’ll notice is they aren’t standing still and more importantly they have confidence in themselves. Make sure you do the same with your audience while you’re performing.
Incorporate Body Language into Your Routine
Another good tip for performers and singers is to include body language throughout your performance. This gives the audience an idea of how you’re feeling when on stage and can help convey emotion of the song. How can someone think your song is meant to be happy when you’re just standing there unemotional?
If you’re trying to convey a song as happy, then you need to include lots of smiles and dancing. No one’s going to understand how to react if you’re singing a happy song but look sad. Since body language will be your primary tool in expressing the emotion of the song, it’s important to make sure your movements reflect the overall theme.
You need to work out how you can express the emotions of the song by using your body language. Every song will be different, and the same body language won’t work for every performance.
Overcome Stage Fright
Stage Fright, also known as performance anxiety is what happens when you focus on yourself and your performance. This anxiety arises from trying to resist and avoid it instead of accepting and working with it. It’s the result of thinking that the performance is a threat rather than a challenge.
Overcoming stage fright is possible by following some simple tips. The first step is to accept and expect that you will feel anxious, especially if it’s the first few times you have done a performance in front of a large audience before. If you allow yourself to work with the anxiety and not against it, then you’ll be able to calm yourself down and proceed. If you try to resist the anxiety and push it away, then you will make it even worse for yourself.
Another good tip to overcome stage fright is to channel all your emotions and passion into the performance itself. Don’t try to hold them back or suppress them, express them instead!
Breathing properly before going on stage can also do wonders for your performance. If you’re a singer, then you probably know how to breathe using your diaphragm. Using this breathing technique before you go on stage can help calm yourself down and practise your breathing at the same time.
The next time you’re just about to go on stage take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself out there performing calmly and confidently. With patience and practise, you’ll notice how these techniques can quickly reduce your performance anxiety.